When taking Vinny for a walk one day, his owner Allen Kimble, noticed that he attempted to climb rocks. The next day when walking the same road, Vinny tried again and succeeded. Kimble was able to record Vinny’s first rock climb. “I could nearly swear that Vinny flashed a smile after he got to the top,” Kimble said.
After realizing that Vinny liked mountaineering, Kimble said he began to search for interesting rock formations to take him to. Vinny was so determined that he attempted to climb a boulder that looked like an inverted knife’s edge two to three times a day, Kimble said.
Vinny’s athletic passion caused Kimble to begin training him so that he would increase his strength. “The exercise routine we created for Vinny required him to climb atop the boulder and literally use the force of the muscles in his arms to keep from falling,” Kimble said. After completing this training for one to two minutes over a three month period Vinny was able to increase his endurance and strength. He mounted the “Training Rock” with great ease.
Apparently, Vinny also had a knack for posing while on top of rocks! Kimble went on a mission to see how many photos he could take of Vinny in thirty days. “To my surprise at the end of that period we had over 100 images!” Kimble explains, “After Vinny climbs to the top of a rock I give him commands to change poses, and he does so effortlessly.”
Vinny’s expertise with striking poses led the dynamic duo to embark upon a “Ninety Day, One Thousand Photo Challenge”. After achieving without any problems, Kimble decided to take up the stakes and pursue a more challenging quest. How many rocks could “Vinny the Pug” actually climb? The result is an astonishing portfolio of over 5,000 photos. After three and a half years, this driven canine hasn’t tired of his favorite hobby. “He’d like to be the very best Pug he can be,” Kimble proudly acknowledges.
Vinny’s achievements led Kimble to seek Vinny’s induction into the “Guinness World Book of Records” in London. Although Vinny’s application was rejected, Kimble still wants Vinny to get recognition for his accomplishments. “The fact that Vinny is canine shouldn’t matter. He has done something that is truly unique and has set a bench- mark for others to try and emulate or even do better,” Kimble said.
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